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I just know about the Black Friday and the Cyber Monday one and a half years ago when I started this blog. As you know, I was a really new comer in the blogging world and homeschooling. I was very surprised to know this tradition since I am not a US citizen and there isn't any such tradition here. Until right now it is still my second chance in a year to get the best price purchasing learning materials for my children after the Back to School sales. From a couple of Black Friday to Cyber Monday previous sales, I got some great lessons to share.
Observing The Market Sales
Around 2 weeks before the Black Friday, it is great to wander around the web as there are some sellers that have already announced the Black Friday sales. Don't forget to take a note for the sales. Rather than having sales rain at once, it is great to know the market offers previously.
Check Your Children Needs
It is similar with the planning for material process, try to get the resources frugally although they are mouth watering. Check your children's need and interest. Try to think further so that you are not going to waste money and space. You might want to keep the items for stock, but please consider the chance and priorities of purchase.
Calculate the Budget
Of course this is very important for you to avoid the bankruptcy from the sales. Without budgeting you might loose your saving. Budgeting will help you controlling yourself in spending the money much better.
Think about The Delivery
For me, I have never purchased anything which is not electronic books since I live overseas. Therefore, I don't have any trouble with delivery process most of the time. However, I sometimes have trouble with downloading the files. To anticipate, I just download everything delivered in my email as soon as I get the links. Make sure that the internet connection is on the prime time since some links have limited try and quantity to download.
However we need to notice the delivery process very closely to make sure the products arrive and are received on the right place and time considering the dramatic increase of sales at the same time.
Plan Your Shopping
Make a shopping list to make sure you get the right things on the right time and place with the best price. When you don't plan your shopping, you will lost easily since you meet a lot of offers. They will give you hard temptation. Compare one vendor with others to get the best quality and quantity. Keep your coupon codes and
Beware of the Time
The sales around the Black Friday and the Cyber Monday are usually started and ended punctually. They usually just have 3-4 days. Some of the vendors will steal the starting time. Instead of starting on Friday, they might start on Monday with some hope of getting more chance to get customers. Don't miss the events for all items on the list. The black friday sales might be merged with the Thanksgiving sales.
Organize Your Purchased Items
You might have a lot of possibilities in homeschooling items in the shopping. The longer your items listed, the more careful you need to be. Here are some possibilities to do so.
- For online lessons, don't forget to write down the urls altogether with the username and password.
- Organize the downloaded files into the right folder once your downloads finish. If it is possible to keep the link, just keep the email and give a flag with special color.
- Purchasing things on bulks really need your supervision and protection in keeping the items. Make sure they don't mess up and mix up.
- Keep your purchased items in the safe place. Stationary needs a safe place that has limited access. I will not permit children take the stock without my permission when my children were younger.
- Make a list of storage or directory where you keep your things. We often forget what we have already had since most of the time we purchase something because we just see that the price is cheap without thinking when we use it. Once we need the item, we forget already
Black Friday to Cyber Monday Shopping Planning printable form
Here is a form I made that may help you to plan your shopping in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. Click the picture to download.